A demand has been made by opposition benches against companies and people selling polluted poisonous water in mineral water bottles.
Muhammad Sibtain Khan deputy opposition leader of PTI made this demand in Punjab Assembly. He said that as per an investigative report around 104 contaminated samples of mineral water were found in various areas of the city.
He used the word ‘poison’ and said that poison is being sold in the name of mineral water. He said, “It tantamount to deceiving people who are using the water believing it to be the product they paid for. People involved in this business were fleecing people and earning billions of rupees. However, no one is ready to take action against the responsible persons.”
Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources (PCRWR) reported in January that since 2002 quality of water in bottles was tested and it was found that almost 10-15% of the water was contaminated and filled with chemicals.
PCRWR spokesperson said that 11 water brands were found unsafe. He informed, “These brands include Well Care, Lite Aqua, New Premier, Royal Blue, Aqua Safe, Aqua Drink Water, Rahat, Oslo, NG Fresh Water, Nurturmil Water and Aab-e-Khoob among others.”
Samples of bottled water for this research were taken from many cities of Pakistan including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, Quetta, Peshawar, Muzaffarabad Faisalabad, Sargodha, Multan, Lahore and Tando Jam.
The spokesperson informed “Some brands contained an excessive level of arsenic which causes skin diseases, diabetes, kidney diseases, hypertension, heart diseases birth defects, black foot diseases and multiple types of cancers. Others contained higher levels of sodium which may cause Cholera, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Hepatitis, Typhoid.”